Mask of Do Kulango - SOLD OUT

The cult of Do in traditional Koulango art

Among the Muslim Mandé, the buffalo represents a sacrificial animal of great importance. It is illustrated in this mask with a scarified human face.

The Do society to which he belongs and the clan leaders organize the sacrifices at the end of Ramadan. This African mask depicting a buffalo is called Singinkuru-Ayna. He is associated with the image of "the Ancient Muslim" Horingyo.

Some Islamized ethnic groups, such as the Ligbi, close to Ghana, cousins ​​of the Senoufo, have preserved some animist traditions through the society Dô which is perhaps a survival of Poro practiced among the Senufo. The inner face suggests a beautiful work with the adze and obvious traces of portage.

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Data sheet

Presumed dating
1st half XXth century
47 x 21 cm
Expert's estimate
500 - 600 €
Ethnic group
Koulango / Kulango
Ivory Coast
Tribal art collection Belgium

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